Among the truly stupendous lies of the decades behind us, this one is near the top:
You Can Have It All.
It’s shorthand, of course. “All” is an abbreviation for “all the fulfillments and satisfactions known to Mankind, without limit and without cost.” It was one of the inducements for young American women to align themselves with the feminist Left: the force that strove to persuade them that the reason they didn’t “have it all” is / was “the patriarchy.” Men, it seems, had enslaved women as a group and enslaved them to a pattern of life that would limit them irreversibly.
That nonsense is still very much a part of America’s public discourse. A lot of women have accepted it unquestioningly. The consequences of that belief range from disillusion and disappointment to the destruction of the family, women’s health, and the social order that protects children from adults’ caprice.
I shan’t go into my usual fulminations today. I have too much to do to rant at length this morning, and anyway. regular Gentle Readers of Liberty’s Torch, V1.0 and V2.0, have already read enough of them. But I will provide a few links:
- On Feminism, Power, and Groups
- The Unrepealable Law Strikes
- Marital Instabilities
- “Accidental” Abuse of Husband
- The Terminus of Lies
- An Outcropping in the Gender Wars
- Do Feminists Have a Point?
- Love in the Time of Combat
- Taming the She-Beast
- A “Divorce” Story
I could provide many, many more, but those should suffice.
Pay particular attention to the last link in that list, Gentle Reader. It’s the perfect illustration of how the Gospel of “You can have it all” has ruined marital relations, childbearing and child-rearing, and the overall stability of American society — including the stability of the workplace. You would think that something that destructive would be rejected with prejudice once it’s shown its colors. Why, then, does it still afflict us?
Possibly for the reasons delineated here. Yes, it’s an excerpt from a novel, but try matching it to reality. How much divergence is there, really?
I’ll be back to this, probably tomorrow. Have a nice day.